Cheddar - Gorge and Caves

Dates

Fri-Mon Oct 30th-Nov 2nd

Organisers

Jan and Diane

Cost

£75 per person (including supplement) for 3 nights at self-catering YHA. Priority booking is given to members who have earned points

Activities

We have booked exclusive hire of YHA Cheddar for an autumn break of walking in Somerset. New YHA guidance requires exclusive hire to be for 3 nights; however people can depart on Sunday if required.

Friday - Relaxing day getting to know your surroundings in the Victorian house and the little village of Cheddar with its historic buildings.

Saturday - We plan an 8 mile walk starting over the fabulous Gorge with stunning views of Cheddar, Glastonbury Tor, the Somerset Levels and Bridgewater Bay. We will pass many wooden marker posts (keep a look out) as this was the site of many of the cliff scenes from the film 'Jack the Giant Slayer'. After our descent we head into the Gorge to a beautifully lit underground cathedral. We then walk up the 274 steps of Jacobs Ladder to the tower for panoramic views. Lots of places to eat and try out the fabulous cheese selection.

Sunday - We plan a leisurely 6 mile walk around the city of Wells, England's smallest city. The walk will include Wells Cathedral, the first cathedral in Europe designed solely in the Gothic style; Vicars Close, Europe's oldest medieval planned street; the distinctive moated Bishops Palace and St Cuthberts Church, Somerset's largest parish church, so grand that people often mistake it for Wells Cathedral. On Silver Street we can make a stop at Bishops Barn; in the 1970's it was used as a live music venue with Slade and Status Quo playing here. We plan an evening meal at the Barn Hotel.

Monday - After de-bunking, we plan a trip to Glastonbury village and Abbey, with option to climb to the summit of Glastonbury Tor.

Refreshments

Self-catering hostel. Plenty of options in Cheddar village and during each walk.

Travel

Train to Bristol Temple Meads and a taxi to Cheddar. Car share with others. Please be aware that arranging lifts is an individual responsibility and lift share is not arranged by event organiser. Directions: from the A371, at the War Memorial turn left if coming from Axbridge or right from Wells into 'The Hayes'. The hostel is on the left immediately after the school.

Accommodation

YHA Cheddar, postcode BS27 3HN. We have sole use of hostel. Two people to a room regardless of how big the rooms are.

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